Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Rogue Elephant Kills 15 In Bihar, Jharkhand, Could Be Shot, Say Officials

Rogue Elephant Kills 15 In Bihar, Jharkhand, Could Be Shot, Say Officials

The animal had allegedly killed four people in Bihar in March before crossing into the neighbouring state of Jharkhand where it killed 11 more people. Indian authorities directed Khan and his men to take down the elephant after it killed 15 people in two Indian towns in March.

"If we had been hit by his truck it could have been fatal".

According to the Newspaper, The hunt was carried out in Sahibganj district of Jharkhand.Claiming that it was a risky operation, Mr. Khan recalled that the pachyderm tried to swing its trunk at the hunting party after he shot the elephant at point-blank range.

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An elephant that has killed 15 people in Bihar and Jharkhand over a months-long rampage could be shot within days if it is not brought under control, an official said Wednesday.

According to forest officials, a hunter shot two bullets on the head of the animal, and another round was sacked as a confirmation shot.

Wildlife rangers and hunters assembled in Jharkhand after another victim was trampled to death on Tuesday evening, Jharkhand's chief forest and wildlife conservator LR Singh told AFP. "We are brainstorming for a solution.one of them is to shoot the animal". Hyderabad's celebrated hunter Nawab Shafath Ali Khan felled the tusker with one shot from his rifle. Those who were killed in Jharkhand belonged to the endangered tribal community known as Pahariya. Singh added: "This was the last option open to us as our attempts to tranquilise the animal had failed".

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The burial of the elephant was conducted on Saturday, which was also the World Elephant Day.

Experts say violent encounters between elephants and humans are increasing as forests are cleared for human settlements and industry.

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